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ERIC Number: EJ927954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0883-2919
Creative Technology and Rap
Ch'ien, Evelyn
World Englishes, v30 n1 p60-75 Mar 2011
This paper describes how a linguistic form, rap, can evolve in tandem with technological advances and manifest human-machine creativity. Rather than assuming that the interplay between machines and technology makes humans robotic or machine-like, the paper explores how the pressure of executing artistic visions using technology can drive humans--in this case rappers and scratchers--to be extremely creative. Technology, which is largely the source for creating rhythm, speed, flow of rap, can then alter word choice, rhyme scheme, meter, and other phrasing arrangements. The changes in rap result in creativity in transcriptions of rap, including new orthographies, words, and rhymes. This paper provides a detailed examination of how technological software generates new linguistic habits as it forces the rapper to contort language in support of the computer's capacity to create rhythm, tracks, and determine the pace of utterances. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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